This course trains members to be social stewards.
Social stewards are resource people who assist co-workers experiencing personal problems. They listen to members, help them identify their concerns and find solutions, and refer them to appropriate resources. As set out in D-32 of the CUPW constitution, social stewards are part of a network the union is building across the country.
This course familiarizes participants with a social steward’s role and responsibilities. They explore ways to approach workplace problems, learn how to support members and how to gather and share information on the resources available to members.
Members who have already taken Solidarity Skills are encouraged to apply for this course, which has a special application form.
Please note that the region (or the local) selects the courses that are offered. Not all courses are offered in a given year. In some cases, a course may not be available because it is not up to date or because it is being translated.
Specialized courses, such as the training of facilitators and of worker advocates, are offered on an as needed basis during each mandate. Typically, participants from two or more regions attend these national-level courses.
Members interested in union education should contact their region.
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